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October 12th, 1997, singer John
was killed in the crash of his privately built
aircraft in Monterey Bay, California; he was 53.
On this date:
In 1492 (Old Style calendar; October 21st New
Style), Christopher Columbus arrived with his
expedition in the present-day Bahamas.
In 1870, General
Robert E. Lee died in Lexington, Virginia, at age
In 1915, English
nurse Edith Cavell was executed by the Germans in
occupied Belgium during World War One.
In 1933, bank
robber John Dillinger escaped from a jail in
Allen County, Ohio, with the help of his gang,
who killed the sheriff.
In 1942, during
World War Two, President Roosevelt delivered one
of his so-called "fireside chats" in
which he recommended the drafting of 18- and
In 1942, Attorney
General Francis Biddle announced that Italian
nationals in the United States would no longer be
considered enemy aliens.
In 1960, Soviet
premier Nikita Khrushchev disrupted a UN General
Assembly session by pounding his desk with a shoe
during a dispute.
In 1964, the
Soviet Union launched a "Voskhod" space
capsule with a three-man crew on the first manned
mission involving more than one crew member.
In 1968, the
summer Games of the 19th Olympiad officially
opened in Mexico City.
In 1973, President
Nixon nominated House minority leader Gerald R.
Ford of Michigan to succeed Spiro T. Agnew as
Ten years ago: The
UN Security Council voted unanimously to condemn
Israel's security forces for killing 17
Palestinian demonstrators on the Temple Mount.
The Cincinnati Reds won the National League
pennant, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-to-1.
Five years ago:
After a 48-hour delay, the US-brokered cease-fire
in Bosnia-Herzegovina went into effect.
One year ago:
Pakistan's military overthrew the democratically
elected government of Prime Minister Nawaz
Sharif. Ahmed H. Zewail of the California
Institute of Technology won the Nobel Prize for
chemistry; Dutch scientists Gerardus 't Hooft and
Martinus J.G. Veltman won the Nobel Prize for
physics. NBA Hall-of-Famer Wilt "The
Stilt" Chamberlain died at his Los Angeles
home at age 63.
"Matrimony is not a
word, it's a sentence."
Eddie Cantor, American comedian-singer